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January 24, 2014

Local moms band together to fight for gun controls

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Krantz said the organization allows mothers to have a voice in a debate that has been dominated by lobbyists for those who profit from guns.

“But mothers will no longer be silent,” she said. “We are organizing to effectively lobby and apply pressure that will result in stronger gun laws that protect our children.”

She said the group is not “anti-gun,” however, and they respect the Second Amendment.

“We support commonsense solutions to gun violence, such as requiring background checks for all gun and ammunition purchases,” she said. “We work to educate, motivate and mobilize moms and families to take action.”

The group is hosting an informal meeting tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., “to discuss the public health dimensions of gun violence and its effects on our children and our society.” It will feature speakers Lynnette Alameddine, whose son was killed in the massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007; Ann Marie Crowell, founder of Mother on a Mission; and Dr. Nancy Dodson, a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Kranz will also share a few words about how she got involved and the group got started.

Another local mom involved in the group is Ruth Filep of Wenham, who works for Danvers schools.

“Gun violence kills more than 30,000 Americans every year, including more than 2,800 children and teenagers — that’s nearly eight kids a day, an entire classroom of kids every three days,” she said in a statement.

There are 130,000 members of the organization nationwide and 1,700 in Massachusetts.

“I was appalled to learn how easy it is to purchase a gun in this country and how this results in the deaths of so many children,” Krantz said. “I want to share what I have learned with other moms, so we can work together to make our voices heard and our children and communities safer.”

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